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Program in the Humanities

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Humanities in Action Wednesdays

The Humanities in Action program is our homage to the fourteenth and fifteenth century philosophy of civic humanism. Renaissance civic humanists believed that the combination of education, ethics, and active citizenship in citizens could lead to the creation of a better community. Humanities in Action events honor this tradition by exploring contemporary and potentially controversial topics in a welcoming environment. These compelling lectures, offered in collaboration with the General Alumni Association, have been featured on CSPAN (click here to access the videos) and offer participants a chance to explore and grapple with real-world issues.

This semester Humanities in Action presents, “Around the World since 1945,” five lectures on trends affecting the world and specific regions with a look at historical factors that have led to contemporary issues.

All talks run from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at Flyleaf Books, 752 MLK Jr. Blvd., in Chapel Hill. There are no preparatory readings for Humanities in Action events.

Program Tuition: Tuition is $20 for everyone paying at the door. Register ahead of time and pay $18.00 per program or pay only $8 if you are a member of the UNC General Alumni Association (GAA). To receive a discount, registrations must be received at least 1 business day before the event. If you take the GAA discount and are not a GAA member, you will be asked to join or pay the difference before the event. To check your membership status or to join the GAA, please visit or call 800.962.0742. GAA membership is open to all UNC alumni and friends.

Advance registrants can take advantage of our special FLYLEAF SEASON PASS – register for all 9 events (4 Spotlight on Scholars lectures and 5 Humanities in Action lectures) for $110.00 ($55.00 for GAA members).

For information about our cancellation policy, discounts, parking, and more, please visit our General Information page.

Secure Online Registration available – click here for details.

Fall 2015 (for details, click the title)

Globalization: How It Has Transformed our World since 1945
Michael H. Hunt, Everett H. Emerson Professor of History Emeritus
October 14, 2015
TIME: 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

Thinking Historically about the Cuba-U.S. Rapprochement
Louis A. Pérez, Jr., J. Carlyle Sitterson Professor of History
October 21, 2015
TIME: 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

Russia and Security after the Cold War
Graeme Robertson, Associate Professor of Political Science
October 28, 2015
TIME: 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

Creating a United Europe: A Visionary Strategy or an Idea from Hell?
Klaus W. Larres, Richard M. Krasno Distinguished Professor of History and International Affairs
November 4, 2015
TIME: 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

Race and Reconciliation in Post-Apartheid South Africa
Lauren V. Jarvis, Assistant Professor of History
November 11, 2015 This talk has been rescheduled for December 2.

TIME: 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

Flyleaf Books: Location and Contact Info

752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd (Historic Airport Rd)
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Next to The Root Cellar (Formerly Foster’s Market)
Monday – Saturday: 9-9
Sunday: 11-6
Phone# 919-942-7373

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